I know when I read about two characters kissing in the rain I should go, ‘Oh, that is sooo cliché!’
But, deep down, I squeal a little bit and melt at the idea 😀
Clichés, I think, resonate with people, hence their overuse. They tend to be something that pulls the most emotion from someone, or gains the best reaction.
I have to admit, I tend to stay away from clichés in my books, and I think that is just because of all the years of having it drummed into me that they are bad and you should never use them.
Which I can understand, I mean, you don’t want to be using the same story telling points as everyone else.
But, having said that, I don’t see the problem in dropping one in occasionally, especially if you can take a unique approach on it and give it a bit of spice with some originality.
For example, I am desperate to one day write the ballroom cliché scene. That scene where the girl turns up at a ball and is in a fabulous gown and the guy turns up to see her at the top of the stairs and is wowed by her.
Those scenes melt me into a puddle and I love them every time 😀 Possibly a left over from my childhood dreaming of being Cinderella!
But I want to add something exciting to the scene, make it feel fresh. Something that leaves readers excited by it, not bored by the fact it’s another one of those scenes.
My take on using clichés is it’s all good as long as you can make people forget it’s a cliché by adding something fresh to it. It’s always nice when writers take hold of something so well-used and give it new life!
But I understand and am wary of clichés being boring and readers being turned off by that. So, I will have to make sure if I ever do get to write that scene, it leaves them as wowed as though they were that guy at the bottom of the staircase!
How do you feel about clichés? Are there any clichés that you love and/or would like to try and write? Are there any clichés that drive you nuts because of their overuse?
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